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Comment Archives: Locations: Restaurants: Modern American

Re: “Stars Restaurant Rooftop and Grill Room

I love getting a delicious grilled steak and oysters bulls bay!

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Posted by Jessica Roberts on December 29, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Re: “The Lot

This is my new favorite resurant. I could eat here every night and not get tired of it. The food is fresh, local, and prepared with a lot of thought. The price is appropriate for the quality of the food and much less than similar food downtown. I loved El Bohio but I CRAVE The Lot!

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Posted by Linnea Roumillat on December 5, 2012 at 2:02 PM

Re: “Heart Woodfire Kitchen

Finally a JI spot with clean food, good drinks, and laid back scene. Thanks Devin and staff for almost a year of friendly dining. Grab a seat at the bar and assure your stay will pass by like hot cocoa in the fetal position watching the snow pass in the cascade mountains.

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Posted by tealavenue11 on November 20, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

These folks have it nailed! The service was spot on as soon as we walked in the door. It is a cozy open room with an eclectic/rustic decor. But I can tell that thought went in to every aspect of it. Right down to the re-used cork from a wine bottle used to hold a card with daily specials. The tables had vases with flowers and herbs in them, each one different than the next. The restaurant is owned and operated by a young couple. She came over and asked if it was our first time visiting and we confirmed that was. She then went through the menu with us, noting new items that had been added for the season. Our server was gracious and knowledgeable, and not over bearing or flippant. I could tell she was sizing us up as to what kind of dinners we were. (We were enjoying a nice dinner out as newlyweds). She defiantly adjusted her service style to accommodate us. She was quietly efficient but ready to answer any question or request.

The food was great, well priced and perfectly seasoned. I will say, that I really like escargot prepared the old fashioned way. No need to hide what it actually is in my opinion, so when that app came out pan fried I was a little disappointed. But other than that the food was spot on. From the pimento cheese dip down to the best mac-n-cheese I think Ive ever eaten. I had the fried chicken, which consisted of a breast, leg and thigh. It was perfect, light, crispy and not too greasy, with a hint of sweetness from the drizzle of local honey. The collards came in a separate pot, perfect for sharing, and they offered the vinegar on the side. Smart, because some folks don't like vinegar. I on the other hand love it and poured it right in. My husbands collards were so good that he actually had to stop me from helping myself to them. His country fried steak was also perfect. The beef is local and it really makes a difference. Sadly, we bith loved our entrees so much that we ate too much of them and had no room for the in house prepared desserts. Oh well, guess we will have to go back.

Long story, short. Great meal, great service and I didn't have that ripped off feeling when the bill came, that I get all too often at restaurants in the area.

Posted by breadgirl on November 5, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

Forgot to add...Two great restaurants in the Mt. Pleasant area : LANGDON'S and OPAL

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Posted by The Buckster on October 29, 2012 at 12:54 AM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

Use to go there pretty often.We frequent several Mt. Pleasant restaurants alot. My wife and I continue to go back to the same ones that we like.We will not go back to this one ever again.Service was fair but the food was horrible and way overpriced!I ordered a steak that was on par with The Waffle House(nothing vs them) for a quick steak and egg breakfast.Since the new chefs have taken over they have ruined this place. Many other people have noticed as well....This place needs to just become a bar because their food is HORRIBLE. I cannot even rate it since you do not have "negative" stars. I predict they will not be open as a restaurant within 6 months!!!!!

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Posted by The Buckster on October 29, 2012 at 12:47 AM

Re: “17 North Roadside Kitchen

I don't know which was worse, the service or the food. We've eaten here many times before and had great food and excellent service. Apparently they are under new management. We got there and they were out of half of all menu items saying, "They were switching to a new menu."

Then the food we got tasted like leftovers. Even the bread was stale. The server abandoned us for about 30 minutes. We finally asked the bartender to get us a check. I tried to ask one of the other servers but realized she was in the process of telling someone to "F* off." Her words, not mine. We finally got our bill & the waitress slung it on the table with attitude.

The time spent driving out there we could've had a great meal at a downtown restaurant.

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Posted by bb dell on October 28, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

We had our first dinner at Angel Oak Restaurant a couple of weeks ago and are returning for another delicious dinner this week. The buttermilk fried chicken was so succulent and juicy that all the other people dining with us wished it had been on their plates! I had the shrimp with homemade pasta that seemed to have been prepared especially the way that I like it!

Even though the place is small, the portions were more than enough to satisfy our appetites. As a matter of fact, I couldn't finish my entree because of the salad and appetizers which we could not resist having before our meal. Try Angel Oak Restaurant to enjoy a wonderful Southern meal and atmosphere. The meal is well worth the extra distance to get there!

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Posted by Marcia S. on October 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

Re: “Two Boroughs Larder

I love this place. It offers delicious and creative food for the more adventurous foodie. I still dream about the noodle dishes.

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Posted by brewengineer on October 8, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Re: “The Lot

I have eaten more than a dozen dishes here since the opening and never fail to be impressed. Yes, you will pay more than El Bohio, but that is not a fair comparison. When was the last time you ate sausages made in-house? Pasta? I have tried things here that I would not have ordered anywhere else (Headcheese, it's incredible but needs to be shared as it is very rich). The same food downtown would cost quite a bit more.

Also, if you haven't tried it you must have the Poutine. Steak fries, chicken gravy, pork belly and fried cheese curds. Haven't had it this good since I last visited Canada.

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Posted by PoHo fan on October 3, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

So I tried this place out and it's a little out of the way for me. There were some things I enjoyed and some things I felt could be better.

There was a 4square special for checking in and getting a free snack. I got the fried green tomatoes as I like FGT. I agree with the person above who mentioned this could be more seasoned. The cornmeal breading was kind of meh (like Shake and Bake would've been better lol) and it seemed the definition of seasoning that was performed was dump some salt and pepper into one spot.
I tried the tuna next. This was very tasty. I was just not thrilled at the price associated. I'm just glad that they do half off apps on Tuesdays to mitigate this a bit.
I also tried the ricotta cheese. The honey that came with the cheese and toast was a nice compliment. The ricotta in general by itself does not tend to have a lot of flavor, so the honey gave it just enough to be a nice little snack.
For dinner I had the chicken. It came with collards and mac/cheese. There was nothing special about the mac and cheese (a lot of places in town seem to add some little flare to mac and cheese to make it more memorable for grown ups), but then again this was just a side, so I really shouldn't expect much. The collards were decent after they gave me some extra vinegar to add. I think a little bit of salt would have helped too. The chicken was ok. I think the light breading they used was to better emphasize the honey. It was not bad, but not something I'd rave about.
The service was reasonable. There were times where there were lulls and times where they were well on top of things. I was waited on by a cute server named Ashley. I would go back if she asked me to go back lol.

Angel Oak is about a 30 minute drive from my place. It needs to come up with some more innovation to conventional items if I want to just randomly decide to go there with any kind of frequency. It should do more than simply be a place that has items A, B and C. It should have an awesome and innovative take on items A, B and C if it wants to draw people from further out.

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Posted by TheBicep on October 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

We REALLY wanted to like this restaurant. We went in pumped up about them and ready to try out their lunch buffet. The buffet is the only option at lunch, and when we arrived, we found that there was very little selection. The meat choices - fried or baked chicken - (hope you like chicken!), with green beans, a "hoppin' Jane," and some sort of unidentified, dried up fruit dessert that was covered by paper towels to keep away the flies. The baked chicken was unappealing - it looked more like boiled chicken, with a grayish color - and the fried chicken was GONE. I waited over half an hour for the fried chicken to be replenished, and apparently, everyone else did, too. By the time it arrived on the buffet, I was too disgusted with the rest of my meal to even give it a try. My companion did, and said that it was the one edible thing on the buffet. The hoppin' Jane - a rice and lima bean mix - was a cold glob on my plate, but it was the only thing I managed to eat. The green beans had no flavor at all. I never salt my food, but I did that day. We left unsatisfied and still hungry. I have never been so reluctant to pay for a meal in my life. We had been hoping that this would become a regular on our restaurant rotation because it is close to home, but I wouldn't return to eat there if you paid me. SO disappointed. I don't want to give even one star.

Posted by ardentoak on October 3, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Re: “The Lot

Excellent service is a given (it is, after all, the sister of the lovely Pour House). My only complaint...and it is a lame that they don't offer kind veggie burritos, kind grilled cheese, kind South Pas, etc. I was totally hoping that they would be offering "Parking Lot" food, but it was not to be. It's fresh, it's locally sourced, it's lovingly prepared...sure, it's a price bump, but, from what I hear, it's worth it. There *is* a bottom line to be met. Don't base your review on their price point, base it on your experience.

I do miss the damn best fries in Charleston, but if I want to bitch about it I'll bitch to the owners. All those I've spoken with that have eaten there give their new version five stars but I haven't had their fries yet. Perhaps once I go there for food instead of music and ambiance I'll come back and post a real review. Your mileage may vary.

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Posted by arteear01 on October 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Re: “The Lot

pretty good food.. excellent service. a bit more pricy than bohio, but i don't mind if its local ingredients.. worth a try!

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Posted by David Keller on October 2, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

I really, really wanted this place to be good. We have very few decent restaurants on 17 past Main Road. I even gave them two chances. Unfortunately, the first waiter was a disaster. I ordered eggs benedict and he brought an egg and crabcake dish. I'm still not sure he knew the difference. The grits were like eating a ladel of salt. The egg was runny after ordering it well done. So, I figured one bad meal, no big deal. The second time I went back, the food was right, but it wasn't good. And really I could have put up with all of that, except that they were rude on top of everything. The place is so small, they actually told this man who had just finished eating and paying, he had to leave because they needed the table. They didn't ask him nicely like, gee would you mind terribly giving up your table, they were like, you know we really need that table so the owner told me to tell you to leave. The look on his face? Well he was just plain embarrassed and beet red. I was embarrassed for him. I know he'll never be back. As for me, only if I was starving and this was the last place open. Ughh. In Charleston no less, where manners are supposed to be everything.

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Posted by USMCTECHGUY on October 1, 2012 at 5:00 PM

Re: “The Lot

Despite the negative reviews, my husband and I decided to try this place out. It was good as was the service. We tried the sausage for an appetizer ($8) my husband had the pork belly ($11) and I had their soup special ($8) which was butternut squash with shrimp-I was disappointed that they didn't let me know it would be served cold but it was still good. The menu that day (Friday) had really good looking stuff. We will go back for sure! Oh, and their prices are definitely not expensive for dinner. We had a couple of beers each and I had a glass of wine. With tip our bill was about $50. Oh and Matt Lee (Lee Brothers) was there, wonder what he thought...

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Posted by CharlestoNative on October 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

We had a wonderful dinner at Angel Oak Restaurant, but stopped in for brunch and were disappointed. The food was good, but the portions were ridiculously small. The Eggs Benedict came without a side, with just a smidgen of hollandaise sauce, and there were just a few silver dollar pancakes on my friend's plate. We left hungry.

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Posted by changemonger on September 29, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

The best food I have tasted in Charleston, for a decent price, wonderful service and ambiance. Love this place ! The staff are all pleasant, informative and eager to be helpful. Food comes out fast, is hot and obviously well made. Quality local ingredients are very apparent and the menu is perfect. I have no complaints whatsoever !

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Posted by seagurl on September 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Re: “Angel Oak Restaurant

The kitchen needs to find its way to a source for herbs and spices. Recent lunch for two. Fried green tomatoes with cornmeal breading with no discernible seasoning and did not adhere to the fruit. Large SHREDDED crab cake with little or no seasoning. Butternut squash soup that was inedible. Unseasoned cornmeal breaded catfish that was applied to very thin fillets that ended up dry and tough at each end and mushy in the middle.

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Posted by Guy on September 28, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Re: “McCrady's Tavern

In a word - inconsistent. I am a local, I have eaten here often. Sometimes its very good (never great) and sometimes its bad (and occasionally very bad). I have really enjoyed the wine and bar food, however, once made up a reason to leave in the middle of dinner it was so bad. Beautiful decor and good service but that's very normal for Charleston. When spending that kind of green I would go to Charleston Grill instead

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Posted by EaterMe on September 26, 2012 at 9:18 AM
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